Firstly, thank you to everyone who is working so hard to make Platt’s Armistice Centenary Weekend a memorable and historic occasion. The list of all those taking part has grown since the last Village News was published, and we shall be thanking everyone personally in the next edition. The timetable for the two days is as follows:
Saturday 10 November
12 – 6 pm: Local First World War Exhibition and Platt Stitchers display of WW1-themed designs in the committee room. Admission is free.
4 – 5 pm: Reading of all the names of Platt men and women who served in WW1 outside the Memorial Hall at sunset (subject to weather.) There are 200 names, and anyone who would like to read a block of ten names should contact Scott on 01732 886602 or firstname.lastname@example.org. At the same time, all the Platt soldier tribute plaques currently outside their old homes (at the time of writing there are 35 with another 14 to go) will have been brought to the hall gardens and individually illuminated after dark.
Sunday 11 November
6 am: All over the country pipers will be playing the ‘Battle’s O’er’ in front of war memorials, in town centres etc. We are very grateful to have Ian Colbridge (ex-Scots Guards) playing for us at the Platt War Memorial. Anyone is welcome to attend.
10 am: Remembrance Sunday gathering at the war memorial followed by the annual service at Platt Church. Anyone who attends both or either will receive a special commemorative ‘Platt Remembers’ booklet.
UPDATE The following event has now sold out!
3 – 5 pm: The Armistice Celebration ‘music hall’ concert will be held at the Memorial Hall and features locals of all ages performing songs, theatre and dance from the First World War era. We are also thrilled to announce that Olivier award winner and Tony-nominated star of stage and screen Jenna Russell will be joining us for the afternoon and performing with one of the acts. Tea and coffee will be made available, and there will be the ceremonial cutting of a special Armistice cake made by Cathy Collyer. Following the concert, a Bugler will play The Last Post at the war memorial signifying the end of the weekend’s events and also four-years of centenary commemorations.
Tickets are still available for the three screenings of Journey’s End at the hall. These will be from 7:30 pm on the 5th, 7th and 9th November and can be booked online: https://journeysend_plattmemorialhall.eventbrite.co.uk or by calling Scott on 01732 886602. There is a link on our website and also the Memorial Hall Facebook page.
From the end of October, you will be able to watch the ‘Platt Remembers’ film on our website which is a visual ramble around the parish over the course of a year that pays tribute to all the men and women who were once part of our community and served in uniform during the First World War. Two-years in the making, filming took place from dawn to dusk in all weathers and is a scenic vignette of the parish during the second half of the Centenary. The link is www.plattmemorialhall.org/plattremembers
You may have spotted our ‘There But Not There’ silhouette seated on the WI bench in the memorial square? We are very grateful that we were able to apply for a fully-funded grant for this through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund on behalf of the Parish Council. There are two others in the church and a fourth at the school. Thank you to Pat Darby and Jackie Davis for helping make this possible.
With mention of the bench the WI donated for the Memorial Square we would remind you that the Hall trustees feel a second bench would be welcomed in this area and would be happy to hear from anyone who may be interested in donating a bench, maybe in memory of somebody’s life or for any other reason you feel appropriate. Please get in touch with me or one of our trustees if this would be of interest to you.
And finally, but not least, can we remind you of our monthly gardening meet at the Hall, the next being Saturday November 17th and December 15th, meeting from 9:30 am. This is all very light work with the chance to meet and chat to others over a cup of coffee/tea and a bacon or sausage roll.
David Vallance, Chairman of Trustees